"A quick erotic read that left me panting for more."

As beta wolf, Thomas has to put on a calm and quiet front, while his power surges under his skin. He has wanted Lottie for a long time, but she just doesn't seem interested. He doesn't understand why, because he is courting her very gently, since she seems to not like the aggressive approach from other men.

Lottie knows that Thomas has been courting her, but he is just a little too gentle. She wants a man, especially Thomas, who is as full of passion for her as she is for him. After some of the other brothel owners lodged a complaint about her business to Thomas, he has come to investigate her saloon. The interrogation quickly turns into a passionate kiss and Lottie finally has the passion from Thomas that she has always wanted.

Ante Up is a quick read with steam rolling off most of the pages. The chemistry and passion between Lottie and Thomas is explosive, leaving me feeling just a little singed. Although a short story, there was just enough character development to give me a sense of who these two are. Both Lottie and Thomas are very fun and likeable characters.

Lottie doesn't need a gentle man, but one who will just take her and make her feel the passion. She has wanted that from Thomas, but he just hasn't come through. She is a strong, independent woman who is full of passion and needs the same from her man. Thomas is so used to keeping his power locked away from the world, because of his position as beta. When he realizes that Lottie wants his power, he is exhilarated to be able to let loose, but scared that he may hurt her. However, Lottie shows him very quickly that she is woman enough to take it, and their passion ignites.

Reviewed by Melissa Conatser
Posted June 8, 2009


Thomas Crawford is Lonely River's beta, and it's high time he settled down. He's had his eye on Charlotte Daniel, the owner of the Full Moon Saloon -- and independent cuss of a woman -- for months, but she either hasn't noticed his gentle courting... or she's ignoring him. But when some local wolves lodge a complaint about her questionable business practices it's Thomas's job to investigate, even if it means the woman he wants will hate him forever.

Lottie has noticed Thomas's courting, all right, but it's a little too polite for her tastes. She wants a man with fire and sensuality, not daisies and poetry. Then he kisses her. Once she gets a glimpse of the passion burning in him, Lottie decides a slow, careful seduction isn't a bad idea at all. But she'll do it her way.

Genre(s): Futuristic, Paranormal
Theme(s): Werewolves
Series: Down & Dirty
Length: Novella

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Ante Up
(Down & Dirty: Book 3)
by Moira Rogers

Changeling Press
May 1, 2009
Available: May 8, 2009
ISBN #1605210781
EAN #9781605210780
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